Fishing Songs

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by wadin' boot, Jan 6, 2007.

  1. wadin' boot

    wadin' boot Donny, you're out of your element...

    I'm making a playlist of songs that have something to do with fishing, but I need some help. My rules are they have to have something to do with fishing, and they have to be halfway decent songs that you can listen to a bunch of times:

    Here's what I got so far, in no particular order:

    1- Woodie Guthrie and Ramblin' Jack Elliot- Talking Fishing Blues
    2- Bruce Springsteen- The River (no fishing I know, but a place you could no doubt fish if you wanted to)
    3- Otis Redding- Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay (as for above #2)
    4- Bob Dylan- Hurricane (he mentions trout streams)
    5- The Waterboys- Fisherman's Blues
    6- Tom Waits- Better off without a wife
    7- Fish Man Blues- Memphis minnie
    8- River's Rising- Leftover Salmon
    9- Three Reels- Dordan
    10- Green River- Creedence Clearwater Revival
    11- Ol Man River- Paul Robeson
    12- The River- PJ Harvey
    13- Silverfish- Belly
    14- In the Pines- Leadbelly (yeah I know, It's not about fishing... it's about camping)
    15- Five feet high and rising - Johnny Cash
    16 King tubby meets rockers uptown- king tubby and Augustus Pablo (there's nothing about Tubby that has anything to do with fishing except it puts me in the mood)
     
  2. SteelieD

    SteelieD Non Member

    Fishing:
    Brad Paisley - I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishing Song)
    Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Fishing In The Dark

    River:
    Talking Heads - Take me to the river
    The Doves - Caught By The River
    Soggy Bottom Boys - Down To The River To Pray
    The Cult - The River
    Natalie Merchant - River

    I'll stop there...
     
  3. spowino

    spowino New Member

    Thunderstruck AC/DC.

    Rules? We don't need no stinkin' rules!

    Rock On!!
     
  4. Jeremy Floyd

    Jeremy Floyd fly fishing my way through life

    I usually listen to Reggae if I take the ipod out with me (which i almost never do unless I am going to spend hours upon hours upon hours in the float tube) because I am out there to mellow out and relax.

    Steel Pulse
    Jumbalassy
    Marley
    some of The Police
     
  5. ceviche

    ceviche Active Member

    Django Reinhardt -- Fly Fishing

    It just makes you want to hop into the old beater rig and drive to some water to do the deed.
     
  6. Porter

    Porter Active Member

    :beer2: Back in Black (Patagonia wear) AC/DC :confused:
     
  7. Dan

    Dan Member

    Here's a couple of mellow ones to consider:

    Listen to the River - Luka Bloom, from Celtic Christmas II (specific mention of salmon swimming upstream)
    Fishing in Morning - Dar Williams, from The Beauty of the Rain
    Wade in the Water - Eva Cassidy, from Songbird (prepare to be blown away if you haven't listened to her)
    The Fisherman - Leo Kotttke, from 6 and 12 String Guitar

    Of course, if you like to rock (and who doesn't), there's always:

    Moby Dick - Led Zeppelin, from Led Zeppelin II
    Texas Flood - Stevie Ray Vaughn

    Let us know what your final playlist has on it!
     
  8. Jim Jones

    Jim Jones flytosser

    Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong - Gone Fishin'
    Pete Huttlinger - Catch and Release (acoustic guitar music used by ESPN for their fishing show)
    Simon Fox (kinda obscure Australian fingerstyle guitarist) - The Fisherman

    If I think of more I'll post them.

    Jim Jones

    PS - Kudos to Dan on the Eva Cassidy choice. Hmmm...I wonder if the Simon Fox song is a cover of the Kottke tune, will have to listen to them back to back.
     
  9. Panhandle

    Panhandle Active Member

    Come on now..... Grateful dead.
    Music never stopped- "the fish were rising up like birds"
    Brokedown palace- "gonna rest my bones by the riverside"
     
  10. otter

    otter Banned or Parked

    Come on, folks.

    TAJ MAHAL

    "I'm a goin' fishin, all of the time,

    my baby's goin' fishin, too.

    Bet your wife, and my sweet life,

    I catch more fish than you........................"


    That's from memory and I probably slaughtered the lyrics, but its my favorite.



    otter
     
  11. otter

    otter Banned or Parked

    Betcha goin' fishin' all of your time, baby's goin' fishing too
    Bet your life, your sweet life, catch more fish than you
    Many fish bites if ya got good bait
    Here's a little tip I would like to relate

    Big fish bites if ya got a good bait
    I 'a goin' fishin'
    Yes, I'm goin' fishin'
    And my baby's goin' fishin' too

    I went down to my favorite fishin' hole
    Baby grabbed me a pole and line
    Throw my pole on in
    Caught a nine pound catfish
    now I brought him on home for supper time

    Big fish bites if ya got a good bait
    I'a goin' fishin'
    Yes, I'm goin' fishin'
    And my baby's goin' fishin' too

    Baby brother 'bout to run me outta my mind
    Say can I go fishin' wit' you?
    I took him on down to the fishin' hole
    now what do you think he did do?
    Pulled a great big fish outta the bottom of the pond
    And he laughed and jumped 'cause he was real gone

    Big fish bites if ya got a good bait
    I'a goin' fishin'
    Yes, I'm goin' fishin'
    And my baby's goin' fishin' too

    Put 'em in the pot baby, put 'em in the pan
    Honey cook 'em till' they're nice and brown
    Make a batch of buttermilk coal cakes mama
    And you chew them things
    And you chomp 'em on down

    Big fish bites if ya got a good bait
    I'a goin' fishin'
    Yes, I'm goin' fishin'
    And my baby's goin' fishin' too

    Betcha goin' fishin' all of your time, baby's goin' fishing too
    Bet your life, your sweet life, catch more fish than you
    Many fish bites if ya got good bait
    Here's a little tip I would like to relate

    Big fish bites if ya got a good bait
    I'a goin' fishin'
    Yes, I'm goin' fishin'
    And my baby's goin' fishin' too


    To all -

    There you go, accurate lyrics for
    the fishing blues.


    otter
     
  12. otter

    otter Banned or Parked

    Another one -

    Summertime
    And the living is easy
    Fish are jumping
    The cotton is high
    Oh your daddys rich
    Your mamas good looking
    I said hush little baby
    Dont you cry

    One of these mornings
    Youre bound to rise up singing
    Then youll spread your wings
    And take to the sky
    But til that morning
    Nothings going to harm you no
    With daddy and mama standing by

    Summertime
    (sweet summertime)
    And the living is easy
    (living is easy)
    Fish are jumping
    The cotton is high
    (sky high)
    Oh your daddys rich
    (your daddys rich)
    And your mamas good looking
    (your mamas good looking)
    I said hush little baby
    Dont you cry

    Dont you cry
    (dont you cry)
    Summertime
    (sweet summertime)
    Summertime
    (sweet summertime)
    Summertime



    Janis Joplin's cover of this kicks ass.


    otter
     
  13. Swandazi

    Swandazi Kevin

    I dont know if this is a song, but theirs always the classic:

    Here fishy fishy, oh, here fishy fishy, here fishy, here fishy fishy, here fishy, here fishy fishy, here fishy fish fishy..................
     
  14. Djustham

    Djustham Sculpin are gross.

    Van Morrison - It Stoned Me

    Half a mile from the county fair
    And the rain keep pourin down
    Me and billy standin there
    With a silver half a crown
    Hands are full of a fishin rod
    And the tackle on our backs
    We just stood there gettin wet
    With our backs against the fence

    Oh, the water
    Oh, the water
    Oh, the water
    Hope it dont rain all day

    Chorus:
    And it stoned me to my soul
    Stoned me just like jelly roll
    And it stoned me
    And it stoned me to my soul
    Stoned me just like goin home
    And it stoned me

    Then the rain let up and the sun came up
    And we were gettin dry
    Almost let a pick-up truck nearly pass us by
    So we jumped right in and the driver grinned
    And he dropped us up the road
    We looked at the swim and we jumped right in
    Not to mention fishing poles
     
  15. SteelieD

    SteelieD Non Member

    Djustham - that's a GOOD one. Can't believe I forgot it.:beer2:
     
  16. otter

    otter Banned or Parked

    Not a song but a poem. Distinction without a difference. William Butler Yeats.

    I WENT out to the hazel wood,
    Because a fire was in my head,
    And cut and peeled a hazel wand,
    And hooked a berry to a thread;
    And when white moths were on the wing,
    And moth-like stars were flickering out,
    I dropped the berry in a stream
    And caught a little silver trout.

    When I had laid it on the floor
    I went to blow the fire a-flame,
    But something rustled on the floor,
    And someone called me by my name:
    It had become a glimmering girl
    With apple blossom in her hair
    Who called me by my name and ran
    And faded through the brightening air.

    Though I am old with wandering
    Through hollow lands and hilly lands,
    I will find out where she has gone,
    And kiss her lips and take her hands;
    And walk among long dappled grass,
    And pluck till time and times are done,
    The silver apples of the moon,
    The golden apples of the sun.
     
  17. Davy

    Davy Active Member

    no Freebird??
     
  18. Mark Kulikov

    Mark Kulikov Active Member

    Big Bad John (Fishstick's version)

    Every morning at the lake you can see them arrive,
    with their trailers and their boats and their four wheel drives.
    Skimming cross the water at the break of dawn,
    searchin for that legend, a fish they call Big John.

    Big John, Big John, Big Bad John

    Nobody seems to know where John calls home,
    he a 20lb bass lake Cachuma's his home.
    He's never been caught by anyone who has tried
    it's been many long years but that fish still survives. Big John

    Big John, Big John, Big Bad John

    Along came Chris he was tough and he was mean,
    he had a twenty foot fiberglass fishing machine.
    Slid that boat into the water he was soon underway
    yelling Big John the end is near your mine today. Big John

    Big John, Big John, Big Bad John

    Pulled his boat into a cove, picked up his rod and reel.
    With a flick of his wrist that line started to peel.
    He threw a nickle bladed spinner bait and brought it back in
    then a quick as a lightning bolt cast out again for Big John.

    Along came Tim in a twelve foot boat,
    an aluminum garbage heap barely afloat.
    He had an antique cane pole hanging on the stern
    with a wire hook a bobber and a little tiny worm for Big John.

    Big John, Big John, Big Bad John

    Tim pulled that boat into the little cove.
    Twenty feet from Chris, they were fishing toe to toe.
    Chris looked down and he started to shake,
    so he fired up that motor and left Tim in is wake for Big John.

    Chris caught alot of bass, but none of them John.
    He had an hour to go then the sun would be gone.
    So he fished real hard for that hour non-stop.
    Then he sat down his rod and headed for the dock without John.

    Big John, Big John, Big Bad John.

    When he pulled up to the dock, ole' Tim was sitting there,
    in his twelve foot boat on his fishing chair.
    Chris looked down and started to gasp.
    On the bottom of Tims' boat, lay a twenty pound bass.....Big John.

    Big John, Big John....BIG BAD JOHN.:cool:
     
  19. Jim Jones

    Jim Jones flytosser

    Freebird!
     

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  20. wadin' boot

    wadin' boot Donny, you're out of your element...

    Excellent suggestions, I have some homework to do on I-tunes. Thanks for the poetry/lyrics. The Yeats reminds me of Gerard Hopkins poems we had to rote-learn in high school: "Pied Beauty" and "the Windhover." The only lines I remember? Something about rose-moles on trout that swim. And something was dappled.

    Just like Yeats, line 21 in otter's post. Yeats probably borrowed some of Hopkin's verbal thunder, excepting Yeats was thinking about how he didn't get laid and Hopkins was thinking about Jesus...

    I have no doubt Yeats would also be into the master of sampling, King Tubby, not to mention Van Morrison, The Cult and Janis Joplin.

    "Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose..."

    Boot